Current Power Scenario in the Telecom Industry
Approximately from figure 2, we can see that 28 % of 500,000 towers are connected to grid for less 6 hours daily. Therefore, 140,000 towers are working on diesel for more than 14 hours daily. So there is critical need for alternative power solution.
From Figure 3, we can see that 79% (of 17% i.e. 0.79 * 0.17 * 500000 = 67,150) of Off grid telecom towers have DG+Battery Hybrid. Therefore, even if we want to introduce Wind turbines to those sites then we will only have to install the wind turbine on existing tower. We will not need separate batteries for the tower. Therefore, the switching cost from conventional DG to wind turbine is relatively smaller than expected.